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Leeds Beckett University is urging the region’s young businesses to sign up for the third cohort of its popular accelerator programme.

Launching in late July, ACCELERATE has been reshaped to address the impacts of COVID-19 and will give SMEs in the Leeds City Region expert help and advice to regain control, build resilience and prepare to embrace the new business landscape.

Businesses accessing the support through ACCELERATE will benefit from a series of six pre-recorded Masterclasses covering key topics such as Re-setting the Business, Re-connecting with Customers and Moving my Finances Forward, all of which can be accessed flexibly as a result of the new virtual delivery style.

The programme also includes a weekly live webinar to explore the Masterclass topics, giving businesses the opportunity to discuss the topics with an academic lead and other businesses taking part.

Those taking part will also have exclusive access to 15 hours of one-to-one mentoring, supported by guided learning tasks and access to a resource library to help them develop their own action plan for recovery.

In addition to this comprehensive offer, ACCELERATE will also provide access to wider university support, including student and graduate talent, via recruitment, internships and placements, and opportunities to collaborate on research projects.

As part of the wider AD:VENTURE business support programme, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development fund, there will also be an opportunity for delegates to access advice and support in applying for grants and funding.

Kirstie Frenneaux, Project Manager at Leeds Beckett University, said: “In these uncertain times, we want to help businesses regain focus, provide them with the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions and give them the confidence and support to get their business back on track.’’

Helen Hepworth, founder of Collective Stories Agency, said this about her experience of ACCELERATE: “I can’t praise it enough. It’s challenging and the content is very strategically-driven. You will think of things you have never considered before. There are a lot of lightbulb moments!

“It brings focus and clarity and it gave me the tools and skills I needed to scale up. It also introduced me to a lot of other outside agencies too, which has been invaluable.”

The ACCELERATE programme is available to organisations that are aiming to grow and create jobs in the Leeds City Region; deliver products or services to other businesses rather than direct to the consumer; and any organisations looking for a structured programme, with flexible one-to-one support.

For further details or to register your interest please visit the ACCELERATE programme website

Kate Buckle
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